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What to do when something bit or stung you – Part I

Now that school is out and the weather is hot, everyone is heading outdoors. But every hour spent outdoors – while healthy! – raises your risk of interacting with a bug. Whether it’s mosquitoes, spiders, bees and wasps, or sand gnats, you are likely to get bit or stung at least once this summer.

 

Most bites and stings won’t be anything but irritating, but in some cases they can cause real problems. Here’s what to look for and what to do if you have a close encounter with a bug.

Bee and wasp stings

Many people are allergic to bee and wasp venom, but they don’t know it because they’ve never been stung. That’s because bees and wasps sting only when they perceive a threat. If you stay away from them, you will lower your risk of getting stung.

If, however, they’re making your picnic a real drag, remember these tips for avoiding bees:

  1. Don’t wear fragrances – and that includes scented lotions and hair spray.
  2. Avoid wearing flower patterns – you don’t want the bee to come on to you, thinking you’re in need of pollinating
  3. If possible, don’t serve sweet drinks in cans or partially closed containers – if the bee can get into drink, and you take a drink, you’re looking at a sting!

If you do get stung and it begins swelling or you break out into hives, come immediately to our Spring Hill Urgent Care Center for treatment.

Fire ants

Getting ants in your home is no walk in the park, but fire ants are a different beast altogether. If you happen to disrupt a fire ant hill, you are looking at multiple stings, since each ant can sting more than once.

The best way to avoid fire ant stings is to eliminate fire ants and avoid disrupting anthills. But sometimes when you are mowing the lawn or discovering the backyard, you’ll encounter them anyway.

For most people, it will be enough to ice the affected area, take an antihistamine and smear hydrocortisone cream on the bites. If that doesn’t help or if the affected area begins swelling, a trip to our urgent care center in Spring Hill will be necessary.

Sand gnats

A unique problem to beaches, sandflies, aka sand fleas or sand gnats, can cause a great trip to go awry. That’s because sand fly bites hurt!

The best way to avoid sand fly bites, unfortunately, is to cover up – not always a treat on the beach. So if you do get bit, make sure you give the affected area a little TLC – smearing on hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion. And don’t itch! It just makes it worse.

If your sand fly bites aren’t clearing up after a few days or you’re seeing other unusual symptoms, drop into our Spring Hill Urgent Care Center. Unfortunately, since they bite, these creatures can pass on diseases to their victims.

These are only three potential sources of bug bites – stay tuned for our next article, where we will go over a few other buggy issues. Remember that if you see anything unusual around the bite, it begins swelling, or the bites don’t seem to be going away, you should stop into LifeGuard urgent care center in Spring Hill for immediate treatment. We are open 7 days a week to serve you when you need it.

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Spring Hill Urgent Care – Don’t let the flu ruin your New Year’s resolutions and plans!

The Holiday Season is always full of joy, preparations, family reunions, and gingerbread cookies. Near Year’s resolutions kick in soon after but we all need to stay in a good health in order to make those resolutions materialize. However, for some people this season means dealing with the flu and its nagging symptoms, such as fatigue, chills, fever, sneezing, or body ache. Who would like to go through all that during one of the most beautiful seasons of the year? In today’s article, we are sharing some useful tips about several things you can do to avoid getting the flu, and enjoy a fruitful and prosperous start to 2018! 

Get a flu shot in Spring Hill

The first thing you should definitely consider to prevent the flu is getting a flu shot. It is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control that everyone above the age of 6 months should get it. About two weeks after receiving the shot, your immune system will begin producing antibodies in the blood that are meant to give you protection against the types of flu viruses that were present in the shot. Please keep in mind that there are certain groups of people who are more at risk for getting a flu than others, e,g. pregnant women, anybody with chronic medical conditions (asthma, cancer, kidney disease, or HIV/Aids), people over 50 years of age, health care staff, Native Americans / Alaska Natives, etc.

If you are wondering where to get a flu shot in Spring Hill, swing by LifeGuard Urgent Care where we will give you the shot immediately.

Keep your environment clean

Whether or not you decide to get a flu shot in Spring Hill, there are a few other things you can do to avoid getting sick. One of them is keeping your environment clean. It doesn’t matter if it’s home, work, gym or school, below you will find a few examples of what you can do to make sure your surrounding is germfree:

  •     Make it a routine to disinfect those surfaces that are touched a lot;
  •     Get rid of any clutter that may collect dust and dirt;
  •     Clean keyboards, and phones;
  •     Sanitize your desk and doorknobs especially if you work with a person who is currently sick;
  •     If you work out, don’t use germy mats;

Clean your hands

Even though you can’t see them, there are hundreds of germs on your hands from touching things. You should wash your hands often and properly with soap for at least 20 seconds. This is important especially when you have contagious people around you who decided to come to work instead of recovering at home. If you don’t have time to constantly go to the bathroom to wash your hands, you can use an easier solution and purchase tiny hand sanitizers that will fit in your purse, or a backpack. Hand sanitizers come in many different scents and colors, and they make a perfect stocking filler!

Don’t get too close

There are some people who will never miss a day of work unless they are absolutely dying. Even the flu is not able to discourage them from coming in. Stay as far as possible from such co-workers because they are highly contagious and, as you may expect, they spread their virus. Try to avoid shaking people’s hands as they transfer tremendous amount of the flu germs.

Don’t wait until it’s too late!

We always educate our patients on a number of precautions they should take to avoid getting sick. There are many more things they can do to prevent the seasonal flu than mentioned in this article, such as: cover their mouth and nose, sip on some tea or natural juices, or get enough sleep, etc. Nevertheless, we strongly encourage everyone to get their flu shot in Spring Hill as soon as possible. That is definitely the very first step that should be taken to protect themselves.

Contact Us to schedule your flu shot in Spring Hill todayor simply drop in!

Our Medical Team at LifeGuard Urgent Care wish you a happy and HEALTHY 2018!

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